Saturday, 13 December 2014

Luxury Gift Ideas For Her

It's only 12 days until Christmas, that's less than two weeks and it's also officially the beginning of the festive period (according to my Gran, who firmly believes there are just twelve days of Christmas!). With that in mind I thought I'd write a little gift guide for those who are yet to buy for the lucky lady. 

One - for the skincare addict - Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream, £23.00.
There's lots of ladies around who take extra good care of their skin, and that's great. Our eyes need the most TLC though which is why this refreshing eye cream makes the perfect gift. 

Two - for the one with fabulous nails - O.P.I. Coca-cola Bearest Of Them All, £11.95
A perfect glitter top coat to finish of that Christmas mani or build up to create a festive, coca-cola themed speckle effect nail. Let's be honest, you can't go wrong with that cute little bear that comes with it!

Three - for the accessorizer - Ted Baker Bow Phone Sleeve, £25.00
I love Ted Baker. I love pastels. I love rose gold. I love this phone sleeve and I'm sure any glam gal out there would love it too. 

Four - for the one who needs to relax - Origins Calm To Your Senses Stress-Relieving Face Mask, £30.00.
For the ladies that work hard and like to pamper themselves a good face mask is just what you need. I think Origins is one of the best skincare brands out there and this one sounds like the perfect pamper night essential. 

Five - for the fashionista - ASOS Tartan Check Scarf, £16.00.
Tartan scarves are all the rage right now and I think they're gorgeous, traditional and oh so cosy.

Every lady needs that luxury red lipstick in their life; and you can't get much more luxurious than Chanel. I recommend the shade 'Passion'.

Seven - for the fan of fragrance - Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, £46.80
Marc Jacobs has lots of divine fragrances available on the market but I think the one that isn't raved about enough is Daisy Dream. 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Snippets Of Christmas At Home

This cute little bag of 'reindeer food' from East of India (see this post) is a gift for my younger cousin on Christmas eve. 

Can you see me in the reflection?

 Christmas themed candles are my favourite!

Since I can remember I've always had a little white B&Q tree in my bedroom decorated with pink and purple decorations, multicoloured lights and a sparkly butterfly on the top. Can it get any girlier? I have a little tradition where every year I get a new decoration from B&Q to add to it, they always have the most gorgeous things.

I hope you enjoyed this little insight into Christmas at my house, how do you decorate your home? Do you have any special traditions? A favourite decoration? Let me know in the comments! 

Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas with East of India | Polyvore

Christmas with East of India

Christmas with East of India by beautyshine featuring East of India

I had this big plan of blogging every day in December, featuring special Christmas and winter theme posts and calling it 'blogmas'. Obviously stealing the idea from YouTube Vlogmas I thought I was being really quite clever. Then on December 1st when my Bloglovin' feed was filled with Blogmas day one posts I realised how silly I'd been to think nobody would have come up with that one already. Duh! So instead of following the crowd I've decided to do weekender Christmas posts starting this Friday with Christmas with  East of India.

I stumbled across East of India when reading this Christmas for the home post on Milk Bubble Tea, one of my biggest blog envys may I add. I thought the Christmas Spice candle she had included was right up my street and immediately fell in love with the rest of the range. Can you blame me?

East of India has a whole array of products from ribbons, labels, tree decorations, boxes, cushions, candles, bunting, door hangers and more. They even do little bags of 'reindeer food' which make the cutest Christmas eve gifts to younger ones. The picture above shows just some of my favourites. 

I may or may not be guilty of over splurging on this gorgeous brand this year but I don't regret it one ounce. Some of the things I have include three of the gift boxes (top left) in three different designs to fill with goodies for three of my closest friends, reindeer food for my four year old cousin and the cutest little bird decoration.

I'm going to warn you now that although Temptation Gifts is (I think) the biggest supplier of this brand, if like me, you live in the UK you won't be getting change of £16 for postage charges! Other stockists include John Lewis, Edora and of course my personal favourite; eBay

So are you as smitten as I am? Maybe you already knew about the range? Either way, will you be spending Christmas with East of India?

Sunday, 16 November 2014


I know we're mid November now and in just a few weeks it will be winter (seriously, where is this year going?!) but I saw the Autumn tag a while ago on Alice's blog and since she tagged anyone reading to do it, I wanted give it a go for myself. While we're on the subject of Autumn I thought I'd share with you a couple of pictures I took while walking in the glen the other day. 

What's your favourite drink from a coffee shop?
As far as I'm aware, on the Isle of Man the only big coffee shop chain we have is Costa and I hate to admit that i'm not a fan. Last Christmas I tried a black forest gateux hot chocolate and I felt so ill afterwards! I don't drink coffee, or lattes or ice teas. I'm a plane jane. My favourite drink though is a hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream. Mmm. 

What accessories do you tend to opt for?
Chunky scarves!

What is your favourite music to listen to?
My music choices don't change with the seasons. 

What is your favourite scent at this time of year?
I'm allergic to perfume so I'm going to say a candle scent, and I love the strong berry/spice scents around now. My favourite is Yankee Candle Black Cherry!

What scents will you be burning at this time of year?
Well I feel like I've already answered this... 

What do you love the best about autumn?
Cooler weather, the colours, candles, hot chocolate, cosy nights in, scarves and JUMPERS. 

What is your favourite make up look?
Flawless skin with a dusty pink cheek, clean eye and deep berry lip <3

What are you looking forward to most this autumn?
New make up releases, binges on Netflix & double the amount of hot chocolate.

I don't tag anyone because the season is almost over now, but on the bright side, not long 'til it's Chriiiisssstttmaaaassssss (imagine me saying that like in the song). 

Friday, 14 November 2014

Four Bloggers That Make Me Smile

You may or may not have seen the tag floating around Facebook where people are being asked to share their favourite photos that make them smile. Being in the mood to share some love I thought I'd adapt this one and share with you my top four bloggers that always make me smile. 

Laura - The Confessions Of A Professional Drama Queen - I simply have to include Laura because her blog is one of my very favourites. She is hilarious and ever so lovely. If you've not visited her little space on the net as yet, then do so right now! You wont regret it.

Alice - Annie Writes Beauty - To Alice I may seem a bit like a stalker, I read her blog and follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! I'm always liking her pictures or laughing at her tweets but I promise I'm not really a stalker. She's just always making me smile, whether it be a cute picture of flowers on  IG or an OOTD on Facebook or even when I read one of her excellent beauty posts. Alice is definitely another of my firm favourites. 

Alice - Alice's Antics - Another Alice, oh how confusing. This Alice's tag line is 'opinions, accidents and misadventures'. Yep, that definitely describes her blog and every single post of hers is properly thought out and well written. I've also recently discovered we share a love of Lauren Aqualina (if you don't know who that is, why not?). I highlight recommend giving Alice's Antics a read. 

Jessica - Blonde of Carbs - Jessica is always leaving little comments on my blog posts and that is one of the main reason I'm including her in this; because the fact that she takes a little bit of time out of her day to read my blog and leave me a comment makes me smile. I really do need to make more of an effort in returning the favour as she runs a fantastic blog. 

Whether they cheer you up when your down, bring you to tears with their humour, inspire you with their wisdom or just make you want to buy another lipstick, which bloggers make you smile? Let me know!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

November Lust List

Christmas with Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher. I've read both of Gi's books but my favourite was definitely Billy and Me which is why I'm super excited to get my hands on this new short sequel for Christmas. Waterstones, £1.99

Benefit The Porefessional Primer. Despite still swearing by my Smashbox Photo Finish, this week I've been using up my sample size of this and I may have been converted. I love how my make up sits on top of this and so I'm interested to try the full size. Boots, £22.05.

Lorac Mega Pro Palette. I haven't been this excited about a palette since Naked 3, and in all honesty, this one looks way better! I'm desperate to get my hands on this. It's so expensive though and currently sold out everywhere I look. Sob. 

Bourjois Rouge Velvet Edition - Happy Nude Year. I've not yet tried these lip products yet, or any lip product from Bourjois as a matter of fact. As a lover of the brand this has to change and the release of this new nude (try saying that ten times fast) will be my excuse to venture in. It looks like my perfect shade. Boots, £8.99

What's on your wish list this month?

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Liebster Award

Once again it's been far too long between blog posts. I'm a bad blogger but I'm pretty sure that by this point you all already knew that. So yesterday I was nominated for another Liebster Award by the gorgeous Laura Brown from Lauras Beauty Fashion Lifestyle. Thank you so much to her and make sure you go and have a read over at her blog.


I'm just going to get straight in with answering Laura's questions... 

How long have you been blogging? 
Almost 2 years on the whole, wow! However it's only been a few months here on The Clumsy Beauty.

What made you want to start blogging?
It was around the point where I had been really getting into YouTubers and was just discovering their blogs (namely Zoe Sugg & Sprinkle of Glitter) and from there I found a whole world of other blogs and bloggers. Reading them all inspired me and made me want to start my own. Since then, the 'bloggersphere' has become my new favourite place.

Do you have any hobbies?
Obviously make up is one of my biggest hobbies, if you could call it that. I also really love horse riding and have my own horses, I'm a big reader and I love taking pictures too.

Favourite subject in school?
I didn't really had any favourites as I just hated the school environment but during my GCSEs I loved my ICT and Textiles lessons and that was all thanks to the best two teachers and a lovely group of friends in my classes.

Do you prefer fashion or beauty?
Beauty all the way; I've just never been into fashion at all. 

What's your favourite drug store make up brand? 
Rimmel and Bourjois equally. I have so many of their products. 

What's your favourite high end make up brand?
I don't have much high end make up because it's all a bit pricey so I only splash out when it's something I really, really want. I'm going to say Urban Decay. 

If you could only shop in one shop forever, what shop would it be?
Realistically I'd say Marks & Spencer because it has clothes, beauty products, homeware and food but if you're asking my favourite shop I have to say Boots or New Look.

What is your favourite thing that has happened so far this year?
I passed my driving test earlier in the year, I don't know what I'd do without a license and a car now!

Would you rather not wear powder or not wear mascara for the rest of your life?
This one is easy for me! I could easily not wear powder - as long as you just mean setting powder and not eye shadows, blushes, bronzers etc! That would be awful. I know you can get false lashes but I've never ever tried them and I don't even powder all over on a daily basis so I'd be fine. 

What's your favourite film?
I hate questions like this, I can never pick! Films I highly rate include P.S. I Love You, The Fault In Our Stars, 10 Things I Hate About You & Cyberbully. 


  1. I have read and loved every single book by Cecelia Ahern
  2. I'm allergic to perfume
  3. I'm attracted to anything with fairy lights
  4. I'd rather stay at home in my pjs watching TV than go out on a weekend
  5. I went through a phase of being absolutely obsessed with Gary Barlow and Take That
  6. Everybody says that I'm slightly OCD
  7. I don't want to get married 
  8. I'm very competitive
  9. I have size 9 feet 
  10. I'm a bit of a drama queen
  11. Jessie J is one of my all time favourite artists/people

You can have any animal in the form of a onesie, which one do you choose?
If you're not blogging, what are you doing?
Lipstick or lip gloss?
Natural or defined brows?
Who is your favourite author?
What is your favourite thing about Winter?
What is your biggest life goal?
What is your favourite memory?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? Are you still blogging?
Go to the cinema or get the DVD?
What is the best thing that has come to you from blogging?

I've answered 11 questions, given 11 facts about myself and provided 11 questions for my nominees. I have thanked and linked to the lovely Laura and displayed the Liebster badge. All that is left to do is nominate some more bloggers! There are so many great ones out there that I'd just like to ask anybody that is reading to do it and leave the link to your responses in the comments. In particular though, I'd like to nominate The Lilac Scrapbook (beautiful blog, deserves lots more readers), HollyPops (very cute blog) and A South Wales Blog (I just love, love, love the design of this blog).

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Life As A Beauty Therapy Student busy to say the least! In case you didn't know, I'm just finishing my first half term studying level 2 NVQ diploma in beauty therapy. It's been pretty stressful and I've barely had time to breathe but at the same time it's been fantastic. So I thought I'd tell you some of the good and bad points to my time so far.

First of all, I'm on the road to my 'best skin ever' with Dermalogica. This is the brand we use for treatments and also retail for skincare in our salon. We've had an induction to the products from a lovely dermalogica skin professional called Steph and we've been familiarising ourselves with them ever since - it's our job to know all the ingredients, benefits and selling points to every single one. We're obviously encouraged to use dermalogica on our own skins so that we can give honest, experienced advice to clients and so far I'm enjoying it. If Steph was right, my skin should be better than ever this time next month so I'll let you know on that one!

My uniform. My uniform is one of the best and worst parts of the course. I feel so very professional wearing it but at the same time it's polyester. Polyester. This means it makes a noise every time I walk or even move, it's sweaty and it doesn't fit all that great. I also get mistaken for being a nurse sometimes, but I don't know if that's a bad thing or not. At least it's purple which is my favourite colour. 

My tutor is a little bit intimidating and often makes me doubt myself and my skills. I hate to say that when she isn't around, for example on Tuesdays (manicure day, woo!), I feel far more at ease and find I take in a lot more from my classes.

The workload is intense. After a year without homework it feels strange starting fresh with always having something I need to get done. Whether it be coursework, homework or just reading my notes so I don't fall behind. I'm tired and stressed 100% of the time. I imagine this would be what going to uni would be like.

It's expensive. I don't just mean all the money you have to put towards your books, kit and uniform for college itself, but you're expected to practically set up your own salon at home to practice. So far I've spent a small fortune on nail treatments and a portable massage bed, there is so much more to buy but I just can't afford it at the moment. This course would be a breeze if I was rich!!

I'm learning so much about skincare, different products, different treatments. I really am enjoying getting to know all this new information. Oh, and seeing my friend's faces while I pull off the wax strip isn't so bad either.. I know I'm cruel ;) 

And last but not least, everybody wants to be your friend. Well, kind of. Everybody and their mothers are volunteering to be practised on, whether they're after a free massage or their nails painting, I'm never short of people.  

I hope you enjoyed this quick little catch up. It feels so good to be back writing posts, I've missed it so much and am promising myself I wont let college get in the way next term - I have big plans but we'll see how they turn out, best not set anything in stone! 

Monday, 15 September 2014

The Autumn Edit

I think it's safe to say we are finally saying good bye to summer. The days are getting colder and the nights are getting darker so I thought it would be the perfect time to present to you my autumn edit. These are the products that I will be reaching for over the coming season. 

Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate. This cream eye shadow is the perfect autumn shade. It's a rustic cross between purple and brown with a subtle shimmer and it lasts all day. I think I'll definitely be getting some use from this in the run up to Christmas - or at least Halloween!

No 7 Define & Shimmer Eye Palette. To go with my colour tattoo, this gorgeous silky palette from No 7 contains four beautiful eye shadow shades that I think were just made for autumn/winter time. 

MUA lipstick in shade 1. This vampy matte red lipstick screams September to me! Wouldn't you agree? It's the perfect red for my skin tone and face shape too. This is a strong favourite of mine. 

Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Burgundy Crush on the nails

Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Burgundy Crush. Are you sensing a dark berry theme here? I love my purples, reds and browns at this time of year. So take a wine red colour, add a matte effect and bottle it up with Barry M and you've got my dream Autumn nail product.

What would be in your autumn edit?

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Make Up Rumours Haul & First Impressions

Make Up Rumours is an upcoming brand which to be honest, until reading about it on a random blog I came across, I had never previously heard of. Initially, the site is a blog which aims to provide all the reviews, tutorials, tip and secrets of the latest beauty trends. Their pop-up shop just opened in July! 

At the moment, MUR stock a little over 100 products from the Pink Cosmetics London Ltd range which retails from just £1!! My entire order (and as you'll see, I bought a lot) came to just around £8 including postage - a beauty bloggers dream!

So the range is - or claims to be - innovative, cruelty free (this one is important to me), affordable, designed and developed in the UK, on trend, seasonal and readily available all over. You can visit the blog here or shop here.

What did I buy then? Well after reading good reviews about the eye shadow palettes, I jumped right in and bought three; each one from a different range. With myself in mind my first choice was the After Dark palette in shade 1 (£1.00). This contains four neutral colours perfect for day or night, including a matte brown, a highlight and a couple of shimmers. I've already been getting a lot of use from this and I'm really enjoying it. Next on the agenda from the After Dark range are shades 2 and 4. 

As you may or may not be aware, I am in the process of building up a professional make up kit and so with clients in mind, from the Dazzle range I picked up Shade 3 (£1.00) because I think the beautiful mustard and green tones will be perfect for my girls with hazel/brown eyes. All of the other shades from the Dazzle selection are on my wishlist! 
Finally, with my younger cousins who are always desperate for a makeover in mind, from the Glitz range I got Shade 3 (£1.00). This palette contains five glittery shades from a white highlight to the sparkliest pinks and purples. This one could also be fun for a night out with friends. Who knows?

So far so good with all of the eye shadows. They are all quite pigmented and go on nicely. Each palette comes with one of those tiny sponge applicators - the useless ones that are only used in desperate times when there is no brush around. The packaging is cheap black and clear plastic. Although the size is perfect for travel or throwing in your handbag, I'm just not sure they're quite sturdy enough. Maybe I'll do a full review in a few months and let you know how I get on.

These last two purchases are by far my favourite products from Make Up Rumours. We have the black liquid eye liner (£1.50) and a lipstick in shade 17 (£1.00).

The eye liner comes in a slick black bottle similar to most high street liquid liners. The 
product itself is amazing. The black is black, it goes on really well and lasts for SO long. I had a swatch of this on my hand and it last two days through numerous hand washes and a shower. I was uber impressed.  I of course have also worn this on my eyes and it was just as good - I just didn't leave it on so long. For the price I am really happy with this.

Finally, the lipstick is also gorgeous. It's very creamy and goes on easily. You only need one coat for a lovely lip and it's not at all drying. I can't comment on staying power as I haven't kept it on long enough to see it fade but this has definitely become one of my firm favourites. The shade is a beautiful red toned pink nude and I can't wait to get some good wear from it. 

Overall a yay for Make Up Rumours. Have you tried any of their products? I'd recommend you pick up something, even if you don't like it, you really don't have to splurge at all!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Barry M Nail Polishes ~ Mini Hail & Review

When in town not too long ago I picked up two new Barry M nail polishes to add to my collection. With Autumn in mind I obviously had to choose this matte red in the shade Burgundy Crush (410) and because I can't resist some holographic fun I also got the colour Mediterranean from the Aquarium range. 

The first one to make it on my nails was Mediterranean and I hate to say that my first impressions weren't good. I was expecting this beautiful formula and I got an almost opaque glitter which took a lot of controlled dabbing to build up a nice even two toned coat. The end result was nice enough and let me tell you it lasted the longest time without chipping, this one just will not budge once dry! Overall, although it's a very pretty colour and the packaging is cute, I don't think I'll be buying anything else from this range. 

Next up we have Burgundy Crush from the Matte range. This is a beautiful red wine colour in the bottle - my favourite. I've not tried any matte formulas before so was interested in trying this and didn't know what to expect. I'm very happy to say that this little product pleases me very much. It dries to a deep maroon/burgundy colour and not only looks but even feels matte. It's hard to explain but basically this is my new best friend. It a feel good nail polish, it makes me feel very suave! Just be careful on application not to get streaks because otherwise you're stuck with 'em which is not a good look when the polish is dry. Eek!

To conclude I'm happy with my purchases and can't wait to add more Barry M to my collection - you just can't beat this brand. You can get your Barry M fix in Boots or Superdrug, both polishes are £3.99.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Recently I...

Over the last week or so I have been out and about with some friends and thought I'd share with you a few of the things that I've been getting up to. So recently I...

Did some serious shopping. I've been really bad and not only made about three trips to my nearest high street but made a fair few online orders too. Oops! In my defence I have had to pick up a lot of bits for going back to college though and I am now on a spending ban. You can expect a lot of mini hauls and reviews very soon. Yippee. 

Picked blackberries. I don't know why but I really like blackberry season, I just love being out somewhere and being able to pick blackberries along the way. I hate it if you get a sour one though! Oh and please do excuse those chipped nails.

Went exploring. You all know how much I've been enjoying the freedom of being able to drive since passing my test in July and I have taken the summer to get to places I've not been before. The other day I went for a walk around Tholt-Y-Will. Unfortunately the glen itself was closed off but there are some beautiful places to visit nearby too. 

Spent time at the beach. I'm not an avid beach goer, I hate how sand gets everywhere and when you step in seaweed. Ewww. However, I've been really loving September beach days; there is just something about the bright sky, choppy waves and wind in your hair that makes it special. My favourite part is getting a 'hot chocolate deluxe' from the kiosk - yep, that means it's served in a large cup with lotsa whipped cream, marshmallows and cocoa powder. Perfection. 

Have you done anything nice recently?

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A Love of Yankee Candles

If you've been reading my blog for a while you will already know how much of a sucker I am for scented candles. The passing of summer and beginning of autumn brings with it the time of cosy nights in, hot chocolates, blankets and burning candles. Bliss. There really is something magical about the colder months, wouldn't you agree?

Anyway, today I got a new Yankee candle votive (Grapefruit) and it smells ah-may-zing. I've been burning it in the cutest little pot ever which I was given for my birthday at the weekend. I couldn't not share it with you! I'm sorry about the darkness and dirty background, it's gone 10pm and this post wasn't planned. 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Back To School OOTD | Polyvore

Back to school

Back to school by beautyshine featuring army boots

It's that dreaded time of year again when everyone is getting ready to head back to school, college or university. I have just under two weeks until I go back to my college to begin a new course; Beauty Therapy. If you're in higher education or you are based in America then you most likely wont have to wear a uniform so I thought I'd throw together a quick back to school OOTD idea, this is something I'd wear throughout Autumn/Winter to college.

First of all I've gone with a basic slouchy tee and a comfy cardigan pieced with a cute long necklace to brighten up the look. I think that when you're learning, the most important thing is to feel comfortable so you can focus on what you're doing and not worry about what you're wearing. The cardigan will keep you warm on the cooler days and you can always go that little bit further with your make up if you like. 

I've obviously chosen jeans because it's me and I always choose jeans. I think that at the end of the year deep blue is a good colour to go for and the skinny leg tucked into some uber gorgeous boots such as these looks so good! Seriously though, don't you think those boots are just the nicest ever?

Finally I added the glasses because they're cute and quirky and intellectual and remind me of the cute, geeky girl from all the films. 

What look will you be opting for this September season?

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Summer Essentials Part 3 | Face

If you didn't already notice, I took the bank holiday weekend off from blogging to focus on family things and preparing for the new academic year. I'm back today though (awake at 7am and being super productive may I add) and I bring you the final part of my Summer Essentials series which includes everything for your face, from skincare to make up...

In the summer you expect there to be an abundance of sunshine and heat - unlikely in the UK but we were pretty lucky this year. To protect your face from the harmful rays you need to use a a moisturiser that contains SPF, such as the Origins A Perfect World. This oil-free, age defence moisturiser contains silver tip white tea, vitamin C and has an SPF 25. 

Everybody always forgets about the lips, but similar to your face you should be using a protective lip balm because burnt lips are just unthinkable. The Nivea Sun Protect (SPF 30) lip balm is my favourite and I'd recommend it. 

Next a primer. A primer is handy all year round but especially in the summer when a combination of heat and sweat will cause your make up to slip right off, the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is perfect. There are a range of these primers - from original, through hydrating right to colour correcting so just find the one that is best for you.  

Of course in the warmer months you just don't want to be sporting a full face of make up, your skin is probably looking at its best anyway so I would suggest opting for a BB cream rather than foundation. There are so many out there at the moment that this will give you an excuse to do some market research!

Finally a good face spritz is, to me at least, vital. This year I'm recommending the Vitamin E face mist from The Body Shop. I just love their vitamin E range. This spray refreshed, moisturises and protects - 3 in 1. 

What are your face essentials for the summer? What will you be switching up as we head towards Autumn?

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Benefit Gimme Brow

Benefit Gimme Brow (£17.50) has been around for a good couple of months now and I've been wanting to give it a go for about the same length of time. I eventually bit the bullet about three weeks ago and have been undecided ever since. 

The idea behind this all new brush on fibre gel is that it adheres to skin and hair 'creating brows where before there were none'. The product is easily buildable but I prefer to keep it light. The small tapered brush is ideal for precision shaping and blending. Benefit claims Gimme Brow to be water resistant, long wearing and natural looking. I'd agree with all three of these claims. Upon application the pigment is going nowhere all day long. 

So it all sounds good, why am I undecided? When the Benebabe applied Gimme  Brow on me in store I was really impressed but when I do it myself, I can never get the same look twice. One day I'm happy with the colour and I think it looks natural and the next I feel like it's just too in your face. It's probably just me but I wish I knew the secret to getting good looking brows from home. Sighh.

For the price you pay I think the size of the tube could be a little bit bigger but again, that's probably just me being stingy with my money as Benefit Gimme Brow seems to live up to all the claims. From ease of use to finished look I'd give this product an eight out of ten and recommend it to anyone. 

See: before and after. What do you think?
(yes, I know my brows need plucking desperately!)

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

W7 Sunshine Liquid Highlighter Creams

We all love bright, glowing skin for the summer so what better time to feature these little pots of magic on the blog. These were my first ever experience with highlighters and they are pretty fantastic. I do love a bit of W7 and I'm glad that they are really starting to make a name for themselves with the beauty bloggers. 

I have two of the sunshine liquid highlighter creams; Sunshine Glow (Pink) and Moon Light Glow (Beige). For the two together I paid around £6. Both come in nail polish like 12g glass bottles with a brush applicator inside the lid.  The formula itself is quite thick and creamy, as the name would suggest. A little bit goes a long way and blends smoothly into the skin to create a subtle, dewy glow that looks stunning when it catches the light. Too much though can create a bit of a OTT disco ball effect - not a good look! 

Sunshine Glow is a gorgeous rosy, peach toned pink while Moon Light Glow is a beige-y yellow. Both contain hints of glitter which can look a bit much so as I mentioned earlier, you only need the tiniest amount and I wouldn't recommend to those with large pores. 

I like to dab a little bit onto my cheek bone with the applicator and blend with an angled fluffy brush for the best possible effect. These products can also be used on the brow bone or inner corner of the eye to really brighten up an eye look. 

Overall I do enjoy using these highlighters, I love the brush applicator avoiding having to use your finger and the two colours are beautiful. I think they are best for special occasions though so I'll be sticking to my Sleek contour kit for day to day use and opt for this when I need a pop of something if I'm having a dull skin day. If super highlighting is what you like, then this is for you!

Do you have a favourite highlight product?

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag


Another tag today, this one has been on my 'posts to write' list for a couple of months now (because I am SUCH a procrastinator) so here it is...

Name a beauty regime that you rarely do?
I rarely use a make up remover to take of my make up before cleansing and I also rarely cleanse twice a day. Naughty me. I'd also like to make face masks more of a regularity in my routine.

Is washing your make up brushes something that you do regularly?
Mmm no not as regular as it should be. As I said in this post, I only really wash them when they get noticeably dirty. 

How long will you last with chipped nail polish?
A really long time, it's almost embarrassing! I will go a week or more and just keep chipping it until its all gone. 

How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product even if you need it?
If I need it I will usually wait until I need a few things and make an online order from Boots or Superdrug pretty quickly. 

What is your worst beauty habit?
Make up wipes. I know they're bad for your skin and I don't even like using them but more and more recently I'll just wipe my make up away quickly with a wipe and go to bed. No wonder my chin is breaking out!

Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?
The washing. I know that it has to be done and I always get annoyed at my lack of clean clothes but using the washing machine and hanging my stuff on the line just bores me so much that I just let it built up and build up forever. 

When going out somewhere do you leave getting ready to the last minute?
Depending on how my day has gone, getting ready goes one of two ways; either I'm really prepared and spend a good amount of time washing my hair, doing my make up etc and am ready early or it's fifteen minutes until I have to leave and I'm not even changed yet. Uh oh. 

Can you commit to spending bans?
Me this time last year? Definitely not. Me now? Yes, absolutely. Over the past few months I have become a lot more strict with my money, I'm an unemployed student from a low income family so sometimes, believe it or not, make up isn't my number one priority. Shock horror! This really is a big deal for me as I've gone from spending everything on new make up to rarely buying new products unless it's a necessity. I'm quite proud of my new found self control.

How organised are your make up and nail collections?
Very. I'm a virgo and an organisation freak so my make up and nail polishes are all organised in bags and boxes in a set of drawers. I'm still working on the colour coordinated thing though... haha. 

There we go. I hope you enjoyed my answers, feel free to try this tag for yourself!